6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4 seconds in the 40
Bunn (N.C.) High School
Prospect Ranking: Rated a four-star prospect, the No. 14 safety in the country and the No. 7 player in North Carolina according to Scout.com; tabbed as the No. 65 player in the Southeast by SuperPrep; assigned a grade of 82 and considered the No. 8 athlete and the No. 85 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com.
Accomplishments: Tallied 538 rushing yards and 207 receiving yards as a senior with a combined 11 touchdowns; added 53 tackles and three picks from the Bunn secondary; as a junior, rushed for 518 yards and five scores, and added 259 yards and four scores on just 10 receptions; also had five interceptions and two kickoff return touchdowns; member of Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100, which is a list of the top 100 high school football players in the south; selected to the inaugural Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Fla., playing tailback; picked for the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl, where he played safety.
The Recruiting Scene: By June 2007, Barnes had already received 40 offers. He was considering Notre Dame, Michigan, UNC, Florida and Georgia as well, but speculation swirled that he preferred the Red and White of NC State. Barnes elected to commit to the Pack in late June, in a relatively early decision for such a high-profile prospect. He was the fourth member of the Class of 2008, and at the time, arguably represented the biggest recruit ever landed by coach Tom O'Brien. Barnes got out of the recruiting circus quickly, and eventually made his official visit to Raleigh in mid-January 2008. Though he'll likely start out at tailback for State, Barnes is a player who could also make his way to safety, cornerback and/or kick returner.
Scouting Report #1: "Brandon Barnes is one of the top all around prospects I have seen so far among the Class of 2008. Barnes, 6-0 and 180 pounds, plays defensive back, running back and returns kicks for Bunn (N.C.) High School.
"So what side of the ball will he play on at the next level? It's hard to say because he is good enough to play running back or safety in college. Barnes is a tough runner that hits the hole hard. He runs with power and finishes runs with power and authority. Barnes has good speed and looks to have excellent balance, vision and instincts.
"Defensively, he has a nose for the ball. Barnes plays in coverage well and has a sense about where the ball is going to go. He breaks on the ball well too. Barnes is also good in run support. He is aggressive and can find the ball carrier in a hurry. Barnes is also good tackler that can make the big hit and the big play on defense.
"Overall he looks like an outstanding talent." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg
Scouting Report No. 2: "Excellent eye-hand coordination, runs with power, and explodes through holes. Tremendous vision as a running back, seems to have great overall sense of the game. Expected to be recruited as an athlete, but there is no question in my mind that he is a running back all the way. Appears to be right at the listed 6-foot range, and plays with great leverage for his size. Not a cautious runner, but still feels his way behind his offensive line well and then finds daylight into the next level. Good hands out of the backfield. Impact player." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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